Hyundai Kona Review 2024

Hyundai Kona At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The new Hyundai Kona is bigger and better than before, while still devent value for money. You get a lot of equipment for your money, while the Hyundai Kona Hybrid is efficient - but is it enough to tempt buyers away from the competition?

+Bigger and more spacious than before. Hybrid ought to be very cheap to run. Generous amount of standard equipment.

-Kona Hybrid is a bit underwhelming to drive. Interior's a little bland. We'd probably wait for the Kona Electric.

Have you seen the advert? Hi-un-dye is now Hyun-day - a fairly insignificant shift, but one that represents a new era for the brand. Hyundai's no longer about budget cars. Instead, it's about innovation, electrification and bold design. That's reflected perfectly in the Hyundai Kona.

If you're looking for a no-nonsense small SUV that comes fully loaded with kit and will be cheap to run, the new Hyundai Kona is a perfectly decent new car. As we'll explain in our Hyundai Kona review.

While you can see a clear resemblance its predecessor, the new Hyundai Kona is definitely more than just a facelift. Based on the same platform as the latest Kia Niro, the Kona's a fair bit bigger than before, with chunky design and a bold full-width LED light bar on the front.

As before, it's available with a range of engines. These include a little 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit along with a punchier 1.6-litre petrol and a hybrid.

It's the latter that we've driven so far - combining a 1.6-litre engine with an electric motor. Progress is slow-and-steady but it's a car that's unashamedly setup for comfort and efficiency rather than sportiness. As such, it's officially capable of around 60mpg.

We suspect that, as before, the Hyundai Kona Electric will be our choice in the range. 

There's a range of trim levels available, from the not-so-basic Hyundai Kona Advance to the posh Kona Ultimate. For those who prefer their SUV to look a little sportier, take a look at the Kona N Line and N Line S models - both of which offer a fair amount more visual clout over the regular car.

While the new Hyundai Kona has a bold exterior, the interior takes a more conservative approach. We don't mind that, though, especially as it's exceptionally user-friendly. There are physical shortcut buttons for the impressive touchscreen navigation display, for example, while the digital instrument cluster is clear and easy to read.

It also feels noticeably more spacious than before, thanks to its larger dimensions. That means growing teenagers won't moan about the lack of space in the rear seats, while the boot is pretty huge and a usefully wide shape.

The Hyundai Kona starts from a little over £25,000 in Advance grade with the 1.0-litre engine. While it's no longer a budget option (the Dacia Duster caters for that market), the Hyundai Kona is priced roughly in line with other small SUVs like the Vauxhall Mokka and the popular Ford Puma.

What does a Hyundai Kona cost?